When will we pay attention to Syria?

This morning I couldn’t even read the front page Globe and Mail story after seeing Aylan, a Syrian 3-year-old toddler, washed up face down on a beach. At first, I was angry for having such a graphic image on the cover, but now I think it’s what’s needed for us to pay attention. The Syrian ...

Jon Stewart on bullshit

“We owe you because we learned from you, we learned from you, by example, how to have a show with intention, how to work with clarity, how to treat people with respect. You are infuriatingly good at your job, and all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are ...

Size doesn’t matter, knowing does

Humans in small towns and cities are exactly the same when it comes to human experience. Individuals within them both are unexpected mysteries the more you get to know them. And when you don’t get to know them, they remain exactly as you imagined them. Unmysterious perceptions we make up. Always. The human responsible Humans ...

Saturday sight: Jasper’s Punchbowl Falls

Since we were kids, we’ve spent time lots of time in Jasper National Park. It’s a place with so much to offer — day or night. I think that’s where I probably saw my first waterfall — specifically Punchbowl Falls on the way to Miette Hot Springs. Grabbed these shots on opposite sides last week.  ...

Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister

Last year at a screening of all 77 or so Heritage Minutes, one stood out. It’s the one where a Chinese man volunteers to place explosives while building the railroad. Most others generated some sort of audience reaction, but for that one – silence. Our dark Canadian history is not often evident. That video was ...

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada 1

When I travelled to PEI’s Green Gables as a teen what struck me is that it looked nothing like I’d imagined. Instead of the Avonlea countryside in the Anne of Green Gables’ films, there was a golf course nearby. This weekend, ventured out to Uxbridge, ON which is officially designated the Trail Capital of Canada with its 220 ...

Sunday sight: Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is an experience that never grows old. Had never really explored Brooklyn though so today stopped for pizza at Grimaldi’s under the bridge (differentiates itself from Manhattan by only offering pies – signs say “no slices”) at that original location. Also explored the nearby waterfront and park. And of course, there’s some ...

How do you pronounce Québec?

I was 19 or 20 before I realized the song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” might have French in it. “Que” en français isn’t “kay.” In fairness, “que” doesn’t have an obvious anglo sound. But as someone who learned French before English, until the lyrics were spelled out, the connection to French didn’t occur to ...

Your personality must match your city

Yesterday was exactly four years since I moved to Toronto from Edmonton. Traditional gifts for four year anniversaries are fruit, flowers, linens or silk depending on where you’re from. Instead this week I got a family of raccoons (a mama and three newborn babies moved into a spare bedroom). Fortunately after I called backup, we had them safely evicted ...

Sunday sight: Waterfall on the East Coast Trail

Getting lost in Newfoundland last weekend was actually quite serendipitous. Forgot my GPS device and my cell provider doesn’t work in rural parts, but I managed to stumble upon part of the East Coast Trail in the Irish Loop near Port Kirwan. The East Coast Trail runs over 500 kms in Newfoundland and this is ...